The University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry marked the start of the new academic year by celebrating the contribution members of its community are making to equality, diversity and inclusion.
The 2021 School of Chemistry EDI Prize was awarded to Claire Doswell, a fourth year postgraduate researcher. Claire is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion within and beyond the School, on many levels and in many ways. Most recently, her efforts in organising the “Identifying Barriers in STEM” seminar series have significantly raised the profile of EDI issues across both the School and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS).
Dr Melanie M. Britton also received the 2021 School of Chemistry EDI Recognition Award. Dr Britton was recognised for promoting gender equality through the Athena Swan Charter. Her actions have impacted female staff and students and cultivated an inclusive, evidence-informed agenda, improving participation for all.
Dr Hamish Yeung, a lecturer in materials science at the School, who first proposed having a Chemistry EDI Prize, commented:
“The inaugural School of Chemistry EDI Prize recognises and celebrates the valuable work members of our community are doing to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within and beyond our School. We hope the Prize will encourage even more staff and students to deepen their engagement with EDI issues, as part of our commitment to supporting a flourishing academic community at Birmingham.”
The School of Chemistry has a long-standing commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. The Prize forms part of the School’s approach to celebrating the benefits diversity brings to its research, teaching and community. Through robustly monitoring its performance, the School aims to make informed choices to facilitate access to, and developing benefits from association with our school.
It is anticipated next year’s School of Chemistry EDI Prize will be announced in Easter 2022, following a call for nominations in the Spring term.